1 Aug 2012

Queen's birthday no holiday in Fiji

9:03 pm on 1 August 2012

The Queen's Birthday has been removed from Fiji's list of public holidays - 25 years after the country became a republic.

The interim minister for labour, industrial relations and employment, Jone Usamate, says one reason for removing the holiday is to recognise the Queen is no longer the head of state in Fiji.

He says the other reason is to boost the local economy, with public holidays costing the country about NZ$13 million a day.

The interim government had already removed Prince Charles's birthday from the list, along with two other days.

There will be nine public holidays in 2013.